The North Coast Line is the principal regional freight and passenger line within the Queensland Rail network, running the length of coastal Queensland between Nambour in the south and Cairns in the north. The line extends approximately 1,400km excluding sections of Aurizon's Central Queensland Coal Network between Parana and Rocklands in central Queensland and Kaili and Durroburra in north Queensland.
General containerised freight, sugar, grain and livestock are moved on the North Coast Line. The North Coast Line also links the Mount Isa Line to the Port of Townville and Sun Metals Refinery at Stuart (near Townville).
Long distance passenger and high speed Tilt Train services also operate on the line servicing central and north Queensland.